Your Surrey Wedding - October/November 2023 (Issue 103)

Matt and his groomsmen wore navy suits with a navy waistcoat, and they accessorised with brown shoes and peach ties. My bridesmaids wore grey dresses that came in a variety of styles. I wanted them to choose the style that they felt most comfortable in. They also chose their shoes and my sister, my maid of honour, wore trainers like me. We bought fancy ones from Kate Spade. One of our guests brews his own beer, so I went with my bridesmaid to brew our wedding beer. We gave a bottle to each of our guests as favours and named it ‘Third Time Lucky’, as this was the number of times that we’d tried to get married due to Covid! I was determined to wear trainers with my dress. I reached a compromise with my mum that I’d wear heels for the service and white Vans trainers for the reception. I accessorised by wearing flowers in my hair, a pearl necklace, and a pearl bracelet that my dad gave to my mum on the day that I was born, so it felt really special. The Dog and Fox had just begun building their venue, The Coach House, when I visited with my mum. I fell in love with it instantly. I loved that we could get married and host our reception in the same setting. I’m quite short and was sceptical I could find a dress that’d work but I did! It was the back detailing and the train that did it for me, I loved it so much. 32